Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment has announced that the first European launch of Blu-ray Disc titles will be on March 19, 2007, starting in the UK and cascading out into other European countries very shortly thereafter, depending on the country.
The 12 launch titles include: Eight Below, Chicken Little, Enemy of the State, Flightplan, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Guardian, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Hollywoodland, Pearl Harbor, Scary Movie 4, Sky High, and The Wild.
In addition, Chicken Little will feature two new Java features exclusive to Blu-ray Disc: a filmmaker Q&A and an Alien Invasion game; The Guardian will feature one new Java feature: a filmmaker Q&A; and Eight Below and Flightplan will each include a Blu-Scape High Definition short film feature. (These new features may not be available in all countries due to localisation issues and individual market
Buena Vista has also announced that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest will both be released on Blu-ray in May 2007 and coincide with the much-anticipated theatrical release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Each movie will be a 2-disc 75GB release and include brand new Java bonus plus all of the bonus features previously released on DVD.
The Curse of the Black Pearl will include an all new Java feature called "Scoundrels of the Sea", an interactive in-movie feature that presents facts onscreen about the legends and lore of pirates. Dead Man's Chest will include a Java feature called "Liar's Dice", a single-player game, shot in live action.
Similarly, Disney/Pixar Cars will be released on Blu-ray in Summer 2007 and will say Disney, "be the ultimate showcase movie for demonstrating just how perfect a picture can look since it's animated and completely based on digital files".
In addition, Cars will include two new Java bonus features.